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Clay County group seeking audit delivers signatures to Missouri State Auditor Galloway

Posted at 11:40 AM, Jun 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-29 13:00:27-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- People in Clay County are upset and want to know where their taxpayer money is going.

Citizens For A Better Clay County, a group formed with that aim in mind, met Friday downtown to deliver signatures to State Auditor Nicole Galloway.

Another aim for Citizens For a Better Clay County is a push for more accountability from their county leaders. The group believes their taxpayer money is being wasted.

They began collecting signatures in August 2017 and delivered more than 9,100 to Galloway during Friday's meeting, forcing her to investigate both former and current county employees.

"It's very exciting, the people of Clay County have spoken and they're tired of the way their government's being operated and it's time for something new," Citizens For a Better Clay County lead petitioner Jason Withington said.

The group's concerns are not just financial. Withington said the county has also taken away public comments at meetings.

Their goal with the audit is to gain additional transparency from the county.

"People ask me if something criminal is going on," Withington said. "I don't know if anything criminal is going on, but she will make her recommendations and then we are going to hold our elected officials accountable to implementing those recommendations."

The group met with Galloway privately Friday before handing over the petition and hope the audit will begin by the end of the year.